Why these athletes and teams deserve an asterisk next to their name

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Published 7:45 a.m. ET May 9, 2019 | Updated 2:35 a.m. ET May 10, 2019


What I’m Hearing: The owners of Maximum Security are hoping the legal system will help reverse the controversial decision made in the Kentucky Derby which saw their horse get disqualified. Is it going to work? Dan Wolken provides an update.

Few issues provoke more emotional bar arguments than sports controversies. Was he out or safe? When is a catch not a catch? We’ve all been there.

The latest comes with a historic administrative reversal of the Kentucky Derby finish, the first time in 145 Runs for the Roses the winner had been disqualified for an alleged infraction. In the minds of some, Country House’s place in Derby lore should come with an asterisk.

Which got us thinking: What are the top 10 controversial decisions that resulted in someone or some team deserving the dreaded * next to their accomplishment, even through no fault of their own?

We decided to focus mostly on controversies ignited by officials’ calls or administrative reviews or rules issues. So no instances where athletes have done something to themselves, like the Bill…

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